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First as Tragedy, Then as Farce by Slavoj Žižek
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Jul 22, 2011

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message 1: by M (new) - rated it 2 stars

M Just came across Zizek's name for the first time today. Allegedly his fans compete with the Chomsky camp, but I don't know how much truth there is to that.

Regardless, I'm interested in trying something out by him. Do you have any general thoughts on this book or remember much of it?

Zach zizek's argumentative gusto is pretty funny and refreshing, but there is a point where he connects the illusion of democracy to the events of kung-fu panda, iirc

Zach *sniff* "three starsh" *snort*

message 4: by M (new) - rated it 2 stars

M Wow... is that done ironically or is pop-culture/political crossover a major method of expression for him?

Zach i can't tell, honestly

message 6: by M (new) - rated it 2 stars

M Hah, well then I can only proceed with an open mind. Thanks!

message 7: by e (last edited Sep 05, 2013 09:25PM) (new)

e this book is basically armchair sociology & i guess that's where the public consciousness grips both zizek & chomsky, in their less, uh, academic texts. the sublime object of ideology was zizek's first work that really brought him attention & is basically a rewiring of lacanian psychoanalysis to fit into the frames of hegel & marx's ideological formulation of "they do not know what they are doing, yet they continue to do it." if you're looking to start w/ zizek i'd recommend it first over this. also, sorry, i know that we don't know each other at all. x__x

message 8: by M (new) - rated it 2 stars

M Thanks for the input, Monsieur Objet, it's very helpful. That's how this social media thing is supposed to work, right?

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